Are Probiotics REALLY necessary?
Many people are just beginning to hear about probiotics and I have very few patients who take them regularly. Probiotics have been demonstrated to aid gastrointestinal health repeatedly in studies. This is especially important since most of our common everyday ailments begin in the digestive system. The majority of our immune system begins in the digestive system and it provides the first barrier against pathogens such as yeast, bacteria, parasites, and other toxins. Unfortunately, when these pathogens break through this barrier, it can lead to diseases such as allergies, headaches, depression, muscle aches, weight gain, chronic fatigue and just about every other disease you can think of. So, who should take probiotics? For the most part, all of us. The North American lifestyle, filled with environmental and food toxins combined with high stress, is a good indicator of the widespread need for probiotics. Daily intake has been shown to enhance the immune system, prevent eczema in youth, reduce the incidence of yeast infection and vaginitis, alleviate constipation and diarrhea, treat bad breath, increase absorption of essential vitamins and minerals and promote anti-cancer activity in the body.
I have several probiotics that I feel are the absolute best in the industry at the moment. The first one is called DFH Probiophage and I like this one especially for women who suffer from frequent UTI's. It has a specific bacteria that "eats" up extra e.coli hiding in the bowel. E.coli is the most common bacteria found in urine cultures of women of any age. This one must be kept refrigerated.
My favorite non-refrigeration needed probiotic is called Thrive Probiotic. They have done extensive research showing that the live bacteria in this formulation actually make it through the stomach acid and into the large intestine...where it is really needed. You can find both of these on the internet.
You can also get probiotics in some foods and drinks, including coconut water kefir, kombucha or other fermented foods like kimchi. Just make sure to check the sugar content...or make your own!! Regardless of what you choose, make sure that you are getting in probiotics EVERY single day!! Here's to LOTS of healthy bacteria!!
Drop me a line below and tell me which brand of probiotic you are using, why you chose it, and what differences have you noticed in your bowel function, digestion, skin, mood, or overall health. I'd love to hear!